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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.

Lychnis - Care Guide

Caring for Lychnis

Campion, Catchfly

Few herbaceous borders are without a representative of the Lychnis genus. The cultivated garden forms are closely related to L. flos-cuculi (ragged robin) which already grows wild in so many woodland gardens flowering in late spring or early summer.

L. x arkwrightii ‘Vesuvius’ is a clump forming perennial with attractive hairy brownish-green leaves. These make a superb contrast to the star-shaped orange scarlet flowers in cymes of five to ten individual notched flowers which appear in June and July. Not all the flowers open at once so the effect is long lasting. We have grown in alongside Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’ which has even darker purplish foliage and two lipped red flowers. Both grow up to around 2ft in height.

L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'  click for larger image
L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'
L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'   click for larger image
L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'
L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'   click for larger image
L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'
L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'   click for larger image
L. arkwrightii 'Vesuvius'

L. coronaria or rose campion is another popular garden plant especially in cottage gardens. It is an erect growing perennial with woolly silver-grey leaves and tall stems (also woolly and silvery-grey) which open out into cymes purple-red or pale wine red flower which, again, open singly over a long period of time. L. coronaria grows, with its flower stems, to about 2½ft and self-seeds itself freely in and around stone patios or pathways. In very windy spots the flower stems may need plant supports but, even if this plant does flop while flowering, it generally rights itself.

Lychnis coronaria click for larger image
Lychnis coronaria
Lychnis  coronariaclick for larger image
Lychnis coronaria
Lychnis coronaria click for larger image
Lychnis coronaria
Lychnis  coronaria & agapanthus umbellatus click for larger image
Lychnis coronaria & agapanthus umbellatus

Lychnis are best propagated by division of the clumps or from basal cuttings taken in the spring. These plants are, sadly, relatively short lived so it is sensible to hedge your bets if you do not have an area for L. coronaria to self-seed itself into. L. arkwrightii does not self-seed in the same way. 


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